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29 Recipes That Use up Your Bottle of Ranch Dressing

If you're limiting your use of ranch dressing to a mere salad topping, you are seriously missing out. This collection of recipes with ranch dressing will show you what a bottle of ranch can really do!

Chicken Ranch Mac & CheeseTaste of Home

Chicken Ranch Mac & Cheese

Prep once and feed the family twice when you double this chicken mac and cheese and freeze half of it. I created it for people I love most, using ingredients they love best. —Angela Spengler, Tampa, Florida. If you can’t stand to waste food, check out these genius ways to use up leftovers

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Chicken Tostada SaladTaste of Home

Chicken Tostada Salad

If I don’t have any tostada shells on hand for this speedy salad, I just heat taco shells, break them in half and lay them flat on the plates. It works just as well. Great Southwest flavor! —Edie DeSpain, Logan, Utah

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Cashew-Chicken Rotini SaladTaste of Home

Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

I’ve tried many chicken salad recipes over the years, but this is my very favorite. It’s fresh, fruity, and refreshing, and the cashews add a wonderful crunch. Every time I serve it at a potluck or picnic, I get rave reviews…and always come home with an empty bowl! —Kara Cook, Elk Ridge, Utah. Have some leftover chicken, too? These recipes will put it to good use.

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Creamy Herb Grilled SalmonTaste of Home

Creamy Herb Grilled Salmon

I have a huge herb garden and love using herbs in almost everything I cook. Living in the Pacific Northwest, we eat a lot of wild-caught salmon, so I use fresh herbs in this moist and delicious grilled recipe. On cooler days, bake it instead. —Michelle Glassmeyer Wunsch, Bothell, Washington

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Bacon Pea SaladTaste of Home

Bacon Pea Salad

My husband absolutely loves peas. My middle son isn’t the biggest fan, but he loves bacon. So, I combined the two, and it was perfect! This pea salad is an awesome side dish, especially for barbecue. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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Avocado-Ranch Chicken WrapsTaste of Home

Avocado-Ranch Chicken Wraps

My grandchildren love these wraps. My daughter gave me the recipe years ago, and now I make them as an afternoon snack or a light meal. I make the dressing from a simple ranch dressing mix. —Janice Stoltenow, Lebanon, Missouri. Check out these clever tips to cut back on food waste and save money.

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Chicken Chili Wonton BitesTaste of Home

Chicken Chili Wonton Bites

Everyone needs a surefire grab-and-go tailgate or picnic recipe. Wonton wrappers filled with chicken and spices make these bites fun on the run. —Heidi Jobe, Carrollton, Georgia

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Cucumber Shell SaladTaste of Home

Cucumber Shell Salad

Ranch dressing is the mild coating for this pleasant pasta salad chock-full of crunchy cucumber, onion and green peas. Wherever I take it, I’m always asked for the recipe. —Paula Ishii, Ralston, Nebraska. If you have a lot of people to feed, try out one of these five-ingredient recipes that can feed a whole group.

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Buffalo Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Delicious, and even better—quick! This buffalo chicken salad is a summer staple at our house. Sometimes we cook the chicken on the grill, then sprinkle the hot sauce over it with the dressing, because you’ve gotta have that kick! —Cori Cooper, Flagstaff, Arizona

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Loaded Potato SaladTaste of Home

Loaded Potato Salad

Get a load of this: Sour cream, bacon, shredded cheddar, green onions and more come together to give you all the richness of restaurant potato skins at your next picnic. —Monique Boulanger, Greenwood, Nova Scotia

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Tuna-Filled ShellsTaste of Home

Tuna-Filled Shells

Hot tuna’s a hit when you mix it with sizable pasta shells and a cheesy sauce. Dill also complements the fish nicely in this creamy comfort food. It’s a great change of pace from the traditional tuna casserole. —Connie Staal, Greenbrier, Arkansas. Try out these easy fish dishes ready in 30 minutes or less.

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Bacon-Cheddar Potato CroquettesTaste of Home

Bacon-Cheddar Potato Croquettes

Instead of throwing out leftover mashed potatoes, use them to make this potato croquette recipe. The little baked balls are yummy with ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, or Dijon mayonnaise for dipping. —Pamela Shank, Parkersburg, West Virginia

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Buffalo Wing DipTaste of Home

Buffalo Wing Dip

If you like spice, you’ll love this dip. It’s super cheesy, full of rich flavor and really has that Buffalo wing taste! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen. Check out some more fantastic dip recipes that will feed a crowd.

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Buffalo Chicken PastaTaste of Home

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Buffalo chicken is a favorite in our household. Combine it with pasta and you have the ultimate comfort food. If you prefer less spicy food, the addition of sour cream, ranch dressing, and mozzarella provides a creamy texture and cooler flavor that nicely balances the spice in this buffalo chicken pasta dish. —Kathy White, Henderson, Nevada

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Turkey Ranch WrapsTaste of Home

Turkey Ranch Wraps

Here’s a cool idea that’s ready to gobble up in no time. It’s a terrific use for deli turkey. Just add lettuce, tomato, green pepper, shredded cheese and ranch dressing for a flavorful blend. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen. To spice up your midday meal, try out these delicious, healthy lunch recipes that aren’t salad.

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Quick Bacon Potato SaladTaste of Home

Quick Bacon Potato Salad

My family was tired of the same old potato salad at family functions, so I created this with the ingredients I had on hand. Now I’m always asked to bring it to potluck gatherings. —Tami Gallagher, Eagan, Minnesota

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Creamy Herb Deviled EggsTaste of Home

Creamy Herb Deviled Eggs

This variation of deviled eggs incorporates ranch dressing and Greek-style yogurt. The eggs fly from the serving dish at work. —Jenni Dise, Lakeside, Arizona. Here are some more delicious, unique ways to eat eggs.

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Turkey & Swiss QuesadillasTaste of Home

Turkey & Swiss Quesadillas

Light, lean, and nutritious, this quick supper idea goes together in just minutes. —Karen O’Shea, Sparks, Nevada

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Sausage Wonton StarsTaste of Home

Sausage Wonton Stars

These fancy-looking appetizers are ideal when entertaining large groups. The cute crunchy cups are stuffed with a cheesy pork sausage filling that kids of all ages enjoy. We keep a few in the freezer so we can easily reheat them for late-night snacking. —Mary Thomas, North Lewisburg, Ohio

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Ranch Potato CasseroleTaste of Home

Ranch Potato Casserole

We operate a busy fruit farm. I cook every day for my family, so I appreciate this dish for another reason—I can put it together a day ahead and bake it just before we’re ready to eat. —Lydia Schnitzler, Kingsburg, California

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Provolone Chicken PizzaTaste of Home

Provolone Chicken Pizza

Just pick up a ready-made pizza crust and rotisserie chicken on the way home, and enjoy a fresh, cheesy pizza in less time than it takes to order one not even half as good! —Shelly Fisher, Hermiston, Oregon. Try some more easy and delicious pizza recipes that are faster than delivery.

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Nacho Cheese Beef BakeTaste of Home

Nacho Cheese Beef Bake

My daughter came up with this recipe when she was visiting her fiancé’s family. Her future father-in-law thought she was a pretty good cook after sampling it! —Kendra McIntyre, Webster, South Dakota

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Zippy Breaded Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Zippy Breaded Pork Chops

Need a perky update for baked breaded pork chops? These chops with ranch dressing and a light breading will bring a delightful zing to your dinner table. —Ann Ingalls, Gladstone, Missouri

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Grilled Potatoes with Bacon-Ranch SauceTaste of Home

Grilled Potatoes with Bacon-Ranch Sauce

These potatoes are tender and good all by themselves, but pairing them with the sauce creates a perfect combination—a side dish compatible with any entree cooked on the grill. —Craig Carpenter, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania. Here are some of our favorite potato recipes for spud-lovers!

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Crumb-Coated Ranch ChickenTaste of Home

Crumb-Coated Ranch Chicken

How do you get so much flavor out of a five-ingredient-or-fewer recipe? Ranch dressing is the key! Enjoy this simple dish on busy weeknights or with company for special occasions. —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma

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Chicken Ranch FlatbreadsTaste of Home

Chicken Ranch Flatbreads

To get my son to try new things, I revamped this mini pizza. Mr. Picky ate it, so it’s definitely family-friendly, even for those with fussy tastes. —Jenny Dubinsky, Inwood, West Virginia. Here are 35 essential recipes everyone should know by the time they’re 35.

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Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread SaladTaste of Home

Chili-Rubbed Steak & Bread Salad

We love skirt steak in our house. To make it a meal, I created a ranch-inspired bread salad with the best flavor combinations—creamy, tangy, sweet and fresh. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut

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California Shrimp Tacos with Corn SalsaTaste of Home

California Shrimp Tacos with Corn Salsa

After trying fish tacos, I fell in love. I wanted to recreate them at home and thought, why not use shrimp? It’s an affordable healthy way to feed my seafood-loving family. —Kayla Peters, Cecilia, Kentucky

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Cheese Tomato Egg BakeTaste of Home

Cheese Tomato Egg Bake

While making eggs, I wanted something different, so I created this egg bake. We loved it! I hope you will, too. —Jonathan Miller, Naugatuck, Connecticut. Next, try out these delicious comfort food recipes just like Grandma used to make.

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